SOUTH WEBER A possible South Weber city cemetery remains uncertain for now.
The Verlo and Iris Petersen family approached the South Weber City Council earlier this year about accepting a donation of about nine acres of land from them for a cemetery.
However, the council decided not to take ownership and turned the land back over to the Petersen family while terms and conditions of a possible donation to the city were considered.
The high costs of upkeep for a cemetery, as well as road access to the property and other issues, are key things that need to be addressed first. The land is located at the south end of 7150 South and on the north side of Hill Air Force Base.
City manager Matthew Dixon said, "We don't know what our future holds," in relation to a future city cemetery. But he stressed that previous media reports stating the city has the land in hand for a cemetery are not accurate.
The City Council likes the idea of a South Weber cemetery, but needs to have a good fiscal plan developed first.
Dixon doesn't believe that the city's budget is going increase significantly in the next five or even 10 years. He's concerned about spending today's city budget money, or committing future dollars in an investment like a cemetery when the money could be spent more effectively elsewhere.
However, Councilman Scott Woodbury said in a council meeting last spring that he believes from an ethical standpoint the city needs to provide a place to bury its dead.
Most of the cities in the area that have their own cemeteries also have their own full-time police and fire departments, something South Weber still lacks.
Davis County's largest city, Layton, still lacks its own city-run cemetery.
South Weber Councilman Michael Poff has said he likes the idea of a city cemetery and feels it could create a sense of history for South Weber.
Councilman Farrell Poll noted in a recent council meeting that a decade ago South Weber had a good opportunity to get a financial grant for a trail system. However, that opportunity was not acted on and he doesn't want the same to happen to a possible city cemetery.
In comments submitted to the South Weber City Council last spring, Anette Garder and Lynette Winterton stated they would like a cemetery in South Weber.
"I don't think we can afford one," Lynn Poll told the city.
"If the cost to maintain a cemetery is more than to maintain a park, how can we afford it? We do a poor job of maintaining the parks," L. Cash said in submitted comments to the city.Currently, many South Weber residents rely on the nearby Uintah City Cemetery or one of several private cemeteries in Layton to meet their burial needs.
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